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“Let’s talk bereavement” is a collaborative project, involving the NHS and the Third Sector, funded through NHS Charities Together. The project launches in Dying Matters Awareness Week (2nd – 6th May 2022). It aims to enable people in North Cumbria to gain access to the bereavement support they need.

The project will deliver free training for staff and volunteers working in organisations and community groups in North Cumbria. The Core skills training programme aims to increase understanding of grief and provide tools/resources to enable people to have confidence to talk about death and effectively support the bereaved.

If you require any further information, please contact the Let’s Talk Bereavement Project Lead – Karen Dutton via email

Find out below about the importance of talking about dying, grief & the Let's Talk Bereavement Project with Deb Lee from NHS North Cumbria CCG and Miriam Baird from NHS Morecambe Bay CCG featured on BBC Radio Cumbria with Val Armstrong on 5 May 2022.

All of us will experience sadness at the loss of a loved one or someone that had impacted on our life. We may wonder how we should feel, sometimes doubting if we are ‘normal’. Everyone’s experience will be different. Grief can affect us in so many different ways. This video explores some of the emotions that we may experience along the way, there is never a ‘one size fits all’, but remember you don’t have to be alone.

Sources of support:

CRUSE Bereavement Helpline 0808 808 1677

Please see below videos and resources that were featured as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week.

For more information and resources for Dying Matters visit:

Why we need to talk more about death and dying Talking about death doesn’t bring death closer. It’s about planning for life, helping us make the most of the time that we have. However, starting the conversation, particularly with those close to you, is never easy. We don’t want to upset people, or sound gloomy. Still, families commonly report that it comes as a relief once the subject is brought out into the open. You are able to express your wishes about how you’d like to die, or what you’d like to happen after you die. 

I Didn't Want That - Dying Matters

What does it mean to be #InAGoodPlace​ to die?

Ellie's story - #InAGoodPlace​ to die

David's story - #InAGoodPlace​ to die



Please visit this website for information on the Grief Kind tutorials which will help increase understanding of grief and bereavement support.

In this series of five short video tutorials, experts talk you through what grief is like and how you can support others who are grieving.

The death of a loved one can be among the most difficult moments that any of us will face in our lives, and it often falls on those closest to the deceased and grieving the most to organise the funeral.

This page contains document links and contact details you might find useful.

As mentioned above this website has Browsesaloud technology - select the icon at the top of the page to activate the toolbar. This provides instant access to supportive features including the ability for the page to be read to you. Find out more about Browsealoud here.

If you are a resident of the Morecambe Bay area select here for resources.

Covid-19 bereavement leaflet resource
The government have produced a leaflet which shares important information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions during the COVID-19 global pandemic and guides you to the extra help and support that is available.

Across Cumbria there are many organisations that offer bereavement support and it is important that following a death we are able to signpost and guide people for appropriate help. Select the document links above or for general bereavement support organisation details you can also select the dropdown boxes below.

Bluebell (South Cumbria):
Provide free support for people experiencing grief associated with loss during pregnancy, the death of a baby, child or young person:
Tel. 07516556081 or 07849400315

Cancer Care (South Cumbria) :
Tel. 03330 150 628

Child Bereavement UK Cumbria: : Providing bereavement support to children and families. Face to face in Kendal and Carlisle, and elsewhere available by telephone, video and instant messenger.
Tel. 0800 02 888 40

Churches together in Cumbria (CTiC):
Signposting to a church or minister  

Cruse Bereavement Care Cumbria:
Tel. 0300 600 3434

Cumbria County Council:

Eden Valley hospice and Jigsaw Children’s Hospice:
Tel. 01228810801

Every Life Matters (Cumbria):
Support for people bereaved by suicide:

Grief Chat:
Tel. 01524 782910

Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland:
Tel. 01228 608942

Hospice at Home West Cumbria:
Tel. 01900 705200

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust Bereavement 
Services: Tel 01228 616878 or 01946 523309

Samaritans  (Carlisle):

Samaritans (Furness and South Lakes):

Samaritans (West Cumbria):


Sands (East Cumbria):

Schools Resources Cumbria:

Silent Footprints (West Cumbria):  

St John’s Hospice (South Lakes):
Tel. 01524382538

St Mary’s Hospice (Furness):
Tel. 01229 580305

Suicide Bereavement Support Cumbria (& surrounding area):
Tel. 07572 975 721 or 07896 703 757

Tigerlily Trust: Support following baby loss:

Time to Share (Copeland):
Support to Children and Young People
Tel: 07926385262 (between 9am-3pm Mon-Fri)

University Hospitals of  Morecambe Bay:
Tel: 01524 512406 

Age UK:

At a Loss:
Provide the UK's signposting website for the bereaved

Provide support for people bereaved by a death on the road

Care for the Family:

Child Bereavement UK:
Includes Live Chat via the website:
Tel. 0800 02 888 40

Coroners’ Courts Support Service:
Provide support to people where there is an inquest following a death
Tel 0300 111 2141

Cruse Bereavement Care:
Tel. 0808 808 1677

Dying Matters:

Grief Chat:

Grief Encounter:
Tel. 0808 802 0111

Interfaith and Multifaith:

Online support for children and young people

Lullaby Trust:
Support for anyone affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or young child

Marie Curie:
Tel. 0800 090 2309

National Bereavement Alliance:  

National Bereavement Partnership:
Tel. 0800 448 0800

Network- Health:
Supports pastoral, spiritual, and religious care in healthcare, particularly at end-of-life

NHS Bereavement Helpline:
Tel. 0800 2600 400
The helpline is now run by Sudden

Tel. 116 123 free from any phone 0330 094 5717 local call charges apply

Support for anyone affected by the death of a baby
Tel. 0808 164 3332

Sudden: Support when someone has died suddenly, or too soon in their lives
Tel. 0800 2600 400

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide:
Tel. 0300 111 5065

The Compassionate Friends:
0345 123 2304

The Good Grief Trust:

Way Widowed and Young:
For people aged 50 or under when their partner died:

Winstons Wish:
Tel. 08088 021 

The following is a list of nationally produced online information, which families and carers can be signposted to about grief, funerals and support in exceptional times.  
Child Bereavement UK:
Coronavirus information | Child Bereavement UK

Compassion in Dying:
Helping people prepare for the end of life. How to talk about it, plan for it, and record your wishes
Tel: 0800 999 2434

Cruse Bereavement Care:

Books for children:

Devon CC:

Dying Matters:
Aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.

Faith Action:

Humanist UK:

Interfaith and Multifaith:

Irish Hospice Foundation:

Marie Curie: 

Mental Health & Wellbeing during Covid-19:
ELM006-COVID-19-public-info-a5-booklet-AW-online-1.pdf (

National Bereavement Alliance:

Oxford Health:
Coping with the Coronavirus - Bereavement (one of a series about Coronavirus and mental health):

Coronavirus leaflet series - Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust 

Quaker Social Action:
Have produced a guide to organising a meaningful funeral when people cannot attend: 

Coronavirus: organising a meaningful funeral |

If you're worried about your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic (

School Resources:

Way Widowed and Young:
A national charity in the UK for people aged 50 or under when their partner died:

Mental Health & Wellbeing during Covid-19: 

These lists are not exhaustive and we are not endorsing or approving any specific organisation. 

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